Teeth Cleaning in Worcester can help ensure the health and beauty of your smile.
Professional teeth cleaning, or dental hygiene appointments, are an important component of any good oral health care routine. When you come to Common Park Dental for teeth cleaning (also called dental cleaning), the hygienist focuses on removing plaque—a clear, sticky film that is filled with bacteria—and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. You can remove plaque with regular brushing and flossing, but removing tartar can only be accomplished during a professional cleaning.
What happens when you don’t schedule teeth cleanings to remove tartar? This chalky material begins to buildup, especially along the gum line. At first, tartar is tooth-colored, but as the buildup accumulates the color changes to brown and then black. If allowed to remain on your teeth, the bacteria in tartar begin to attack your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth. This is periodontal or gum disease.
During your teeth cleaning, however, tartar is cleared away and the surfaces of your teeth are smoothed so bacteria are less likely to stick. In this way, each dental cleaning is an important preventive measure that helps ensure the health and beauty of your smile.
Teeth Cleaning by You
While your dentist in Worcester recommends that you and each member of your family have at least two professional teeth cleanings every six months, there is another important component to your oral hygiene—you. During the time in between visits to our office, the health of your smile depends on your ability to properly brush and floss your teeth. Here are some tips from the dentists and their team at Common Park Dental:
- » Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste. Hard bristles might scratch the enamel surface of your teeth, and fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen enamel.
- » You only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Advertisements show a long dollop of toothpaste on the brush. Actually that much toothpaste creates more foam than you can probably handle.
- » Remember 2 x 2. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Whether you use a manual, electric or battery-operated toothbrush, how long you brush is more important than what kind of brush you have.
- » Flossing should not be skipped. Brushing removes plaque and debris from the visible surfaces of your teeth, but what about in between? For that you need to floss.
- » Use about 18 inches and move the floss up and down and back and forth, being careful when you reach the gum line.
Call us today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. Common Park Dental is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and offers modern care in the fields of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.